International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

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Indulge in your love of travel. Explore destinations throughout the world. Undertake a paid placement. Graduate and embark on an exciting career.

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This course is for people who want to top-up a Foundation Degree in International Tourism and Hospitality Management (or equivalent) to a full honours degree. It covers both academic theory and practical skills. Modules include ‘Gastronomy', ‘Leadership and Management for the Hospitality Industry’, ‘Service Quality and ‘e-Tourism’. These are valued by many employers, and prepare you for a range of careers upon graduation.

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Upcoming start dates
20 January 2020
14 September 2020

Why us?

  • Our Hospitality, Event Management and Tourism courses are ranked 4th in the UK according to The Guardian University league tables 2018
  • All students on this course are eligible to register for the Institute of Hospitality Education Membership Scheme
  • 'World-leading' research in Leisure and Tourism, according to the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF)
  • Local and national field visits
  • Guest speakers from the industry

Course structure

You will be taught by passionate academics who produce world-leading and internationally excellent research, and throughout your degree you'll have one-to-one support from academic staff.

A typical week for you will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, open and resource-based learning, and supervised project and group work. There is an emphasis on developing independent study skills. You will also have opportunities to present ideas and information to other students and also develop concepts and analyses within groups.

Final year (national level 6):

Strategic Planning for Tourism and Leisure


20 credits

Urban Tourism


20 credits

Digital Technologies in the Visitor Economy


20 credits

International Tourism and Hospitality Management Major Project


40 credits

International Hospitality Management


20 credits



20 credits

Service Quality


20 credits

Leadership and Management for the Service Sector


20 credits

Explore the scope and nature of tourism planning from a political, market, environmental and visitor perspective. Consider the agency and structure of local, regional, national and international planning organisations alongside the dimensions of planning for tourism in the public and private sector. Analyse the role of local stakeholders in the planning process in relation to wider strategic models.

Gain insight into the characteristics of urban tourism. Examine the re-discovery of the urban environment as a tourist destination – tourist arrivals in cities are constantly growing and increasingly more research has been undertaken to investigate the phenomenon of urban tourism. Cover topics that include: Historical background and the development of urban tourism; Tourism as a key to urban regeneration; The demographic, socio-economic and psychographic profile of the urban tourist; The supply side of urban tourism: services, infrastructure and activities; The impacts of tourism in the urban environment; Managing urban tourism; The concept of place-marketing; Trends and developments in urban tourism.

Consider the impact technological innovations have had for the visitor economy in the areas of tourism, hospitality, events and aviation. Reflect on the empowerment of consumers through technology, in particular, opportunities provided through social media and mobile technologies. Learn more about the current digital technologies impacting the visitor economy, such as social media, mobile technologies, augmented and virtual reality, and the concepts of co-creation.

Focus on an area of tourism management of your choice and design and implement a research proposal in this area. Set aims and objectives, select and implement research methods, conduct a literature review, collect empirical data and analyse appropriately. Benefit from expert supervision as well as training in research methods, research design and the interpretation of data and its relation to contextual material.

Explore the global trends of the hospitality industry, focusing on contemporary issues that will vary from year to year. Topics to be included are the impacts of globalization, strategic hospitality management, change management in the hospitality industries, international marketing and branding, global trend analysis, the impact of IT, food and the hospitality industries.

Explore the increasingly important area of food and drink tourism for regional economic development and identity formation. Examine the importance of food and drink products to the tourist experience and to destination success for those countries and regions closely associated with food and drink. Analyse the relationship between tourism and gastronomy and examine the direct and indirect advantages and disadvantages to local and regional communities associated with the development of gastronomic tourism and event initiatives.

Explore various theories and principles associated with the management of service quality in tourism, hospitality and events. Analyse issues in service delivery for the service organization, employees and consumers. Develop an appropriate model for analysing service quality in a given service organization related to tourism, hospitality or events.

Prepare yourself for a career in industry as an employee, leader or manager. Investigate leadership and management styles and approaches as well as researching and debating equality and diversity issues. Gain a greater understanding of leadership and management challenges which occur every day in the wider world.

  • You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the University campus, so you can work from anywhere. If you don't want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the University’s PCs or Apple Macs. We have hundreds of computers for you to use in the Murray Library, St Peter's Library, and the David Goldman Informatics Centre. If you ever have any technical problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.

    IT provision
  • The St Peter’s Library contains over 31,000 books related to business, economics, management, human resources, marketing, strategy and tourism.

    Added to this, you’ll benefit from a wide range of journals and periodicals in the St Peter’s Library, many of them in an online format. To help you make the most of the wealth of resources, there’s a full-time librarian who is dedicated to the Business and Tourism sections.

    Further resources are available at the main Murray Library, which has a total of over 430,000 books with many more available through the inter-library loan service.

    Library Services - business and tourism
  • The Student Learning Space is designed for business students, and it includes a boardroom as well as bookable areas to hold meetings and to meet with staff and clients from outside the University. There are also areas to facilitate group work and collaboration.

    Student Learning Space
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You’ll be based at The Reg Vardy Centre, on the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s. The Reg Vardy Centre is a modern building with views of the river, and just a short walk from both the coast and Sunderland town centre.

Entry requirements

The typical entry requirement is successful completion of one of the following:

  • Foundation Degree in Travel and Tourism or a Foundation Degree related to International Tourism and Hospitality Management
  • BTEC HND in a subject related to tourism/hospitality
  • 240 credits or equivalent of a recognised UK undergraduate award in a relevant subject

If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements

Fees and finance

2019/20 entry:

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK/EU
  • £11,500 if you are an international student

2020/21 entry:

The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK/EU
  • £12,000 if you are an international student

If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.

Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.

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The Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter's by night


The course content on the BSc (Hons) International Tourism and Hospitality Management (Top-Up) degree reflects our close links with employers. When you graduate from this course you’ll be ready to take on a managerial position within the tourism and hospitality industry throughout the world.

Career destinations

Many of our graduates go on to work in managerial roles within the tourism and hospitality industry. Job titles include Hotel Manager, Tourism Development Officer or Resort Office Manager. Employers include hotels, airlines, travel agencies, events organisers, heritage attractions, Local Authorities and other public sector bodies.

Field trips

You’ll have the opportunity to visit a range of tourism and hospitality venues and initiatives.

These visits include the North East, other areas of the UK and international to destinations such as Dublin, Prague, Barcelona and New York.

Meet the students

  • I want to thank the dedicated and committed lecturers who have shared their valuable knowledge.
    Jinna Zhou

    Jinna Zhou

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